Why we say “OK”

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How a cheesy joke from the 1830s became the most widely spoken word in the world. Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO OK is thought to be the most widely recognized word on the planet. We use it to communicate with each other, as well as our technology. But it actually started out as a language fad in the 1830’s of abbreviating words incorrectly. Young intellectuals in Boston came up with several of these abbreviations, including “KC” for “knuff ced,” “OW” for “oll wright,” and KY for “know yuse.” But thanks to its appearance in Martin Van Buren’s 1840 presidential re-election campaign as the incumbents new nickname, Old Kinderhook, OK outlived its abbreviated comrades. Later, widespread use by early telegraph operators caused OK to go mainstream, and its original purpose as a neutral affirmative is still how we use it today. Vox.com is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out http://www.vox.com. Watch our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/IZONyE Follow Vox on Facebook: http://goo.gl/U2g06o Or Twitter: http://goo.gl/XFrZ5H

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Teixeira : so a meme in 1830 became the most used word in the world

vic da fangirl : I see you Krusty Krab

Name not found : I hope “Yeet” lives up to this and becomes one of the greats.

Mohaamd_7 : A mid-19th century corny joke made it to the moon..

Einstein's smexy Hands : So If OK were some word came from memelords back 1830s then... Could people possibly in the future will actually say F during funerals or any sad occasions???

Dantoxism : So it was just a meme that got taken too far

James Lintell-Smith : What about oki doki?

caramel coffee : so whyyyy did my high school English take off marks when i wrote "O.K" instead of "okay"

Storm Arrow : But why do some people spell it ok and others okay?

Marcell Panggabean : So it all started as a meme.. Ok.

popcorn pretzel : I think "Knuff Ced" was the most unexpected part of this video

Hm1 Xid3 : So you are saying that yeet could stick around if we get a president to use it....anyone thinking what I’m thinking...?

inkyguy : "Okay." "Meme." Now you've already read 95% of the comments that follow.

John Christian Genova : my chemical romance

L Schlebusch : Why would they not use the vine of the guy in the woods saying "ok"

*Josh* : Hi how are you? Me: *OLL KORRECT*

Pls WaLuigi Dom Me : I find it funny how pompous people are towards new slang meanwhile not realizing most of the words we use today come from slang words

Danial W. : 2018: Why we say "OK" 2050: Why we say "Oof" 2100: Why we say "E"

WarpRulez : So "OK is one of the oldest memes that have survived to this day.

Jor-El Sanchez : Its was the covfefe of its time

torkamarinum : So "OK" is an old meme?.. OK

Sri : “The Krave for K is a visual strategy” The kadarshians did research before naming their daughters huh

Paige Connelly : Technically, the My Chemical Romance song featured at the start of the video is called 'I'm Not Okay', not 'OK'. But okay/OK.

Taylor J : THAT MCR REFERENCE THO OMG

Clorox Bleach : So it's "OK", not "okay."

Anime Balls Deep : Answering questions I didn't know I had, excellent.

AkwardStuck : 0:04 seconds in and I'm already having my emo phase flashbacks, thanks, Vox

K. Ava : ha jokes on u ms.english teacher it’s ok not okay

Peters Gaming World : *This video*: The letter K is one of the most uncommon letters for words to start with Mortal Kombat: Hold my beer

Ruth Hermosura : Now I need a video explaining the difference between the usage of OK to Okay.

nunjoon : That's why people get so nervous when people just say "K" because we don't know whether *OLL* is korrect...it is just *korrect* .

Eureka : And I thought O.K. was a shortcut for 'okay'

Patrick Boyd : So where/when did "roger that" come in as a neutral affirmative ....just to acknowledge receipt of information?

Mark Nostrant : I had learned that OK was from WWI. The clerk that sent materials to France had initials OK.

worldof clelama : i was hoping by clicking on this video that the top comment would be just ''Ok'' internet you have disapointed me yet again

Huskie : So you're telling me OK was created by a meme

Gio Karijowidjojo : "OK" Sideways looks like a small stickman.

Copter Guy : Why is O •• and not ---? The i is •• At 2:46 i and o is the same Get it right man Edit: oh wait, almost every letter is messed up

Austin Powers : I was here before they changed the thumbnail

A Precious Basket Case : Oh my god the mcr caught me off guard and I chucked me tablet

ShaDoW : There were memelords in the 1830s? My faith in humanity has been restored.

J Dizzle : The bottom review of 4:48 😂

ClemensAlive : OK not just was the first word spoken on the moon. It also was the first word spoken after I've lost my virginity... I leave you with some space for speculations here and come back in a week to solve it :P

Connor Student : Kraft was just the last name of the company's founder.

Princessivie6666 : Hearing how old 'OK' is makes me not want to use it anymore. From now I shall say 'Oll Korrect.'

Ingles : Weird flex but “ok”

Christa Aragon : fascinating #knuffced

Karoubas. Kon : I do think it comes from Greece(όλα καλά) which means everything good.

Rafa Rodhes : Lmao the original meme 😂😂😂😂